Milano prêt-à-porter is worth of the city enlisting to one of the five world’s fashion capitals.


13,000 fashion companies employing 91,000 people, with over € 20 bln revenues choose Milano for their home. A multitude of international events (Milano Fashion Weeks, Design Week, Jewelry Week, etc), showrooms, academies of excellence and awards animate the industry under the guiding principles of environmental sustainability and circular economy.


Age for beauty, Milano just not represents the tradition of Italian Made in Italy but is also Italy’s most innovative city with over 2,000 innovative startups, tech hubs, advanced infrastructures and highly qualified human capital. 

It is a top destination for international tourists with one of the highest average daily expenditure in Europe (€ 155). Our “Made in Italy'' ranks 7th globally in terms of reputation and is the 3rd most popular among consumers.

Incubators & Accelerators


  • Fashion Technology Accelerator

Investment company operating in the fashion, luxury and retail industry, providing business support and acceleration consulting services to startups and companies, especially in relation to digital technology innovation. In 2018 Fashion Technology Accelerator has been chosen by Hatcher+ as their global partner to invest in fashion technology startups.


  • LVenture Group

LVenture is a Venture Capital firm that invests in digital start-ups, fastening their process of prototype development to the market: through its accelerator LUISS EnLabs, it launches 2 calls per year for its 5 months program. Moreover, LVenture provides seed and micro-seed investments, open innovation projects with both start-ups and corporates. It is addressed to disruptive digital start-ups, focusing especially to specific fields as design & fashion or health & beauty. At date, it has a portfolio of 70 start-ups with €120k average investment.


  • LUISS EnLabs

Accelerator of LVenture Group, it launches 2 yearly calls for its 5-months acceleration program dedicated to disruptive start-ups, providing them with seed funds up to 160,000 €, facilities, events access and advisory for fundraising and networking.


  • Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milano

International acceleration program founded in 2010 in Copenhagen, aimed at supporting early-stage tech founders to rapidly scale their companies by providing direct access to an international network of mentors, partners, and investors. Each program focuses on an industry: the one set in Milano is related to FashionTech.


  • Le Village by CA

Le Village is the innovation hub of Credit Agricole, that offers to selected start-ups co-working spaces and support related to business model definition, fundraising and internationalization.

Le Village hosts start-ups active in specific thematic fields, such as fashion, furniture and design, fintech, future mobility, pharma and sustainability.


  • Start Lab Program

UniCredit Bank offers the acceleration program “Start Lab” to innovative start-ups selected among 4 sectors: innovative Made in Italy (which includes fashion&design, agrifood, nanotechnologies, robotics, tourism), digital, clean tech and life sciences. 

The program is characterized by one-to-one evaluation meetings, mentoring, networking and training by the yearly Startup Academy; the winners are awarded with cash prizes and financial advisory.


  • IBM Studios

New home of technological and digital innovation by IBM, gathering private companies, local associations, institutions, universities, research centers, designers, students, on topics as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, cloud, IoT e security.


  • IULM Innovation Lab

It is the new business acceleration program of IULM University, dedicated to students with innovative ideas. After attending the annual course in Lean Startup & Open Innovation, students can submit their high-potential business ideas to the Call for Ideas. Those selected will attend a training course on business, marketing and fundraising and will be supported through the whole process to prototype, with one-to-one sessions and pitch marathons.


  • Cariplo Factory

Cariplo Factory is an innovation hub based in Milano, offering to high-potential start-ups experiential training courses, entrepreneurial mentoring programs, open innovation projects, Venture Capital investment. 


  • FabriQ

Incubator powered by the Municipality of Milano, it offers incubation services to start-ups with social innovative impact through public calls, helping them to develop projects with positive effects on the City and its community. 


  • Impact Hub

Impact Hub Milano is part of the international network with more than 100 offices around the world, at first focused on co-working spaces and community building; nowadays it has enriched its array of services, including incubation programs and impact investing for start-ups. 


  • InnoVits

InnoVits offers different programs in order to support entrepreneurship and professional growth of startuppers. The acceleration program started in 2010 and it is based on the collaboration of a strong community of professionals active in various sectors, from industry to design. Projects applied to the Calls for Ideas launched by InnoVits are then evaluated by its community and start the acceleration program with the support of a dedicated mentor. 


  • Make a Cube

First incubator and accelerator in Italy focused on start-ups with high social, environmental or cultural impact. It offers tailor-made support within specific sectors, such as social welfare services, housing and living, 2.0 manufacturing, arts and culture, circular economy, agriculture and environment, sustainable finance, education and training. 


  • PoliHub

PoliHub is the incubator of Politecnico di Milano and is one of the world top-5 university business incubators: 185 start-ups incubated in 2019 with €40 mln turnover and €20 mln funding. It selects innovative business ideas and projects and then offers an intense business empowerment program, supporting the whole process from the definition of the business model to the research of funds and the scaling-up. 


  • Talent Garden

Talent Garden is a combination of a coworking campus, industry-driven community and an educational institute that offers different kinds of courses for individuals, companies or SMEs, and provides them with innovation programs encouraging digital transformation.

Education & Training

  • Politecnico di Milano – Scuola di Design

Politecnico di Milano’s Degree Course in Industrial Design was the first of its kind in Italy, in 1993. Nowadays, its School of Design it’s the main international university for the training of product, communication, interior and fashion designers, considering both the number of students (+5,000) and of teaching staff (+450 professors, 400 researchers and teaching assistants). Fashion is an important topic of the Bachelor Degree Program; moreover, there is a specific Master Degree on Design for the Fashion System and, in addition, a variety of high-specialization courses on the topic. According to QS World Universities Rankings by Subjects, the School of Design is 1st in Italy, 2nd in Europe and 5th in the world among the other universities that offer the same branch.


  • Istituto Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni offers a wide range of courses on fashion: undergraduate and postgraduate training courses, as well as short programs. Istituto Marangoni boasts a strong international network, the possibility to study abroad and an active alumni community. 


  • Accademia del Lusso

School of fashion and design, it is located in the heart of the luxury-fashion district of Milano. It offers high-level courses oriented towards the job market, training key professionals that will operate within fashion, marketing, brand management, fashion design and fashion communication sectors. 


  • Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Università Bocconi offers a master program in Fashion, Experience & Design Management, held in English and dedicated to those interested in a managerial career within fashion, luxury and design sectors. It includes academic training as well as field projects, extra-curricular activities and meetings with companies. 


  • IED – Istituto Europeo del Design

Since 1966, the Institute is an excellence in design both in Italy and at the international level, thanks to the high level of quality in education, training and research in the fields of design, fashion, visual arts and communication. 

With 1,900 professors, it offers a wide range of courses about fashion, from post-degree courses, master programs or high-level courses of different durations and on many subjects, according to a teaching method based on the constant relations with professionals and companies on the market.


  • NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

NABA is the largest private Academy in Italy, strongly focused on fashion and design and their many branches, though different bachelor and master programs and with specific summer courses, all of them held both in Italian and in English. 


  • Università IULM

Founded in 1968, the University expanded its fields of study by adding tourism, design and fashion to the first core on foreign languages and communication. Nowadays it offers a specific Bachelor Degree Program on Fashion and creative industries. 


  • Milano Fashion Institute

It is the first Consortium of universities in Italy on high-education in fashion, founded in 2007 by Bocconi University, Cattolica University and Politecnico di Milano and boasting the excellent faculty of the three institutes and offering a wide variety of courses on the topic.

Professional Associations

  • Assomoda

Founded in 1969, it gathers experts, manufacturers, suppliers within the sectors of clothing, footwear, leather goods, accessories and sport-related goods.


  • Assolombarda

It is the largest territorial association of the entire entrepreneurial system in the country; it aims at encouraging the development of the local industry, promoting cooperation among its members and supporting occasional issues. Assolombarda is part of Confindustria (Italian Entrepreneurial Association). 


  • Sistema Moda Italia -  Federazione Tessile e Moda

It is one of the main organizations worldwide representing entrepreneurs within textile and fashion sectors. 


  • Confindustria moda

Confindustria Moda is the federation that brings together companies and associations of textiles, fashion and accessories, in order to promote the excellence of the Made in Italy in the world.


  • Confartigianato Imprese Lombardia

Confartigianato Imprese Lombardia is the most representative organization of SMEs and Crafts businesses in Lombardia. It promotes the value of artisanship; it supports and endorses the development of networks of companies and self-employment activities on the territory.  


  • Camera Buyer Italia

Camera Buyer Italia is an Italian association with the mission to gather and promote the best Italian luxury multi-brand stores, by increasing reputation, prestige and image of the associated companies.


  • Assopellettieri

The Italian Association of Leather Goods Manufacturers, since 1966 represents the € 9bn worth sector, made of luxury brands but also high-quality small-medium enterprises. It is associated with Confindustra Moda. 


  • Assocalzaturifici

It is the Association that represents industrial companies producing footwear; with 600 members and 77,000 employees, the sector is worth over €14bn and exports 85% of its production. 


  • CNA Federmoda

It is the Italian Confederation of Craft Trades and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises branch related to textile, clothing, footwear, leather goods, and high-fashion sectors. 


  • Unione Artigiani della Provincia di Milano

Since 1945, the Union of artisans in the Area of Milano offers assistance, services and consultancy to the associated artisans, helping them with all the administrative requirements and promoting products and job employment. Among the categories of sectors are fashion and design.

Main stakeholders

  • Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana

It is a non-profit association born in 1958, which promotes and coordinates the development of the Italian fashion, regulating the national and international initiatives, e.g. the Milano Fashion Week, aimed at enhancing the Italian style and fashion. 


  • Chamber of Commerce of Milano, Monza Brianza, Lodi

Section dedicated to start-ups, with networking, the ecosystem, databases, reports:


  • Fondazione Altagamma

Since 1992, Altagamma Foundation gathers high-end Italian cultural and creative companies, globally recognized as ambassadors of Italian style. Its mission is to increase the competitiveness of the High-End industry, contributing to Italy’s economic growth.


  • Modacult – Research center on fashion and cultural production

Research center of Cattolica University, founded in 1996 and boasting a broad network of professors, researchers and fashion experts. It partners with corporates and international research centers. The main research center is the Milano Fashion Institute, a consortium for high-specialization in fashion, made by Cattolica, Bocconi University and Politecnico di Milano.


  • Piattaforma Sistema Operativo Moda

Association born in 2008 in Milano to gather the main Italian institutes, academies and universities which offer fashion curricula with the aim of encouraging spill over of expertise and networking among schools and corporates and promoting talents.


  • Milano Fashion Week

Two events dedicated to fashion for men and women, organized by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. 


  • Milano Jewelry Week

It offers a fascinating and accessible image of jewels even to non-experts, through different types of events taking place within exclusive locations in the city, such as historic buildings, high jewelry ateliers, goldsmith workshops, academies, art galleries, fashion boutiques and design showrooms.


  • Fashion Film Festival

International event premiering international Fashion Films. 


  • Milano Moda Graduate

Event organized by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana during the Milano Moda Uomo week, it is aimed at creating opportunities for young generations through events, exhibitions and presentations, as well tutoring and mentoring programs for new artists and brands. 


  • Fashion Graduate Italia

Yearly event dedicated to fashion schools and academies with runaways, workshops and initiatives on the main challenges within the fashion sector.


  • Vogue for Milano

A night event organized by Vogue Italia that celebrates fashion, Made in Italy and the City of Milano through a variety of initiatives all around the City.


  • Apritimoda

During the annual Apritimoda ateliers and hidden places of fashion open to the public to show the process and the care behind a brand, revealing the quality of the Made in Italy.


  • Montenapoleone District - Christmas Shopping Experience

From the end of November until the start of January, the event organized by MonteNapoleone District provides an elegant lighting setup, created ad hoc for each street, music, events and a sparkling Christmas tree.

Main exhibitions and trade fairs

  • White Milano

During the Milano Womenswear Week, the marketplace WHITE Milano reunites the most influential international players and collects over 550 brands and 27,000 visitors. 


  • WSM White Street Market

Event that aims at bridging the gap between sustainability and fashion industry. It brings together brands, designers, artists, key opinion leaders, innovative start-ups, international organizations and exhibitions all united by the common goal of sustainable development.


  • Milano Unica

International exhibition of textile and accessories, addressed to all fashion professionals oriented to high quality, innovation and Made in Italy.



SUPER exhibition, taking place during the Milano Womenswear Week, focuses on product innovation and new approaches to accessories, bringing together established brands and emerging labels. The aim is to promote up-and-coming designers from Italy and abroad and to feature them at eye-catching events.



It is the main international fair about leather goods and fashion accessories, now at the 118th edition, registering every year over 10,000 visitors and 300 top brands; it is addressed to international professional buyers and media. 



It is the footwear industry's leading international trade fair with over 1,700 footwear collections at each edition and more than 90,000 visitors attending every year; it takes place in Milano twice a year, in February and September.



International exhibition on leather, accessories and fabrics. 


  • The ONE Milano

New format of fair that gathers international brands and buyers on haut-à-porter collections, bringing together MIPAP, the prêt-à-porter exhibition by Fiera Milano, and MIFUR, the international fair of leather and fur products by Mifur s.r.l.. 


  • HOMI Fashion & Jewels

B2B event focused on fashion accessories. 


  • MIDO Eyewear Show

MIDO is the largest international show dedicated to the global eyewear sector, with more than 1,200 worldwide exhibitors.


Event organized by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, which celebrates the commitment of fashion and luxury brands to promote a sustainable supply chain.


  • Chi è chi Awards

Opening event of the Milano Fashion Week, it rewards with a prestigious recognition those who stood out in the selected sector of each edition (i.e. 2019 edition “Runway-models: fashion excellence on stage”).

Online Magazines

  • Condé Nast Italia

Multi-media communication company, owns 11 magazines and 7 websites on lifestyle and fashion; moreover it organizes successful events in Milano such as Wired Next Fest, Vogue for Milano, Photo Vogue Festival, Vanity Fair Stories e GQ Best Dressed Men.


  • Pambianco News

PambiancoNews is the most influential and popular on-line magazine in Italy, dedicated to entrepreneurs, mangers, opinion leaders within fashion and luxury sectors. Since 2001, the website counts 70.000 user members.


  • Hearst Italia

It is one of the main player within the magazine sector in Italy, owning, among all, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Décor. 


  • Crisalide Press